• danahz

    Also, it doesn’t help when people treat racism as a joke. It is considered funny towards your friends of the same race, and only rasist when a person that doesnt have the same background as you. I hate double standards.

    • http://twitter.com/dahe88 insan

      i dont think its double standards, because intentions counts. it much less likely for someone of “us” mocks a social practice of our people to have malicious intentions and be patronizing than when a foreigner/outsider do it. lets get real, when foreigners make fun of/portray  a social practice of some other society it almost always malicious and said to make that person and the society they belong in feel they are superior. (even if that social practice is in fact stupid/wrong.

      • danahz

        So if an Asian ‘ching chong’ on Youtube, it would be fine?

        • http://twitter.com/dahe88 insan

          it shouldnt be fine, but people seem to be fine with it specially in comparesion with when a foreigner does it.

          • danahz

            That what I call double standard. People make fun of other races but when others make fun of them, they get mad.

          • http://twitter.com/dahe88 insan

            now you have changed your point: make fun of “others” instead of make fun of something from your own society. your last comment i think everyone agree its double standards. what isnt double standard is when people make fun of “social practice of THEIR OWN society,but get offended when a foreigner make fun of it. why? because of malice intentions. 

            it is like how it is in an indivial level, you can laugh at,make fun of your flaws with your friends, but when a stranger make fun of one of your flaws, you get offended. but things like ching chong, its pure racist slang, its not a social practice that might need to be fixed. so if an asian ching chong, i would be confused and think they have self hate issues. 

            (i hope my point is clear,not fluent in english)

          • danahz

            I understand your point. I just think when people mock their own race, it’s a pass for others to do the same.

    • jesuis2

      This isn’t making fun of another culture.

      Take this music video for the Basement Jaxx song “Take Me Back to Your House.”


      Most people would think this video has something to do w/ Russian culture w/ the high-stepping dancers and the bear, but in actually it’s Ukrainian culture, and even more specifically, Cossack dancing.

      Do you think most people care about the difference?  Or that they think this is insulting Russian (or Ukrainian) culture?

      • RC_RC

        I’m sure that most people don’t care about the difference. I do because a lot of my colleagues come from Ukraine.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMFLYFOQTF2V6CKYTCNUN5JJ6M fdsfd

    i’ve wondered the western counterpart of the world is more culturally sensitive to this type of stuff than asian countries are, because i feel like each asian country makes fun of one another.

    • obiwant

      Not necessarily. For example, when the Morning Musume girls mocked Koreans by doing a “slanty eyed” pose, they were called out immediately by both Koreans AND Japanese netizens & had to delete the photo & apologize.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750740725 Sabrina Muslima Shaw

         Which is funny…because Japanese people generally have similar eyes to koreans..

      • jesuis2

        And plenty of American and European celebs (Miley Cyrus, sports stars)  have done the “slanty eye” thing w/ little or no ramifications whatsoever.

        Unlike for blacks and Jews (and increasingly gays and lesbians), Asians can still be made fun of w/.little or no ramifications.

        Numerous celebs doing the “ching chong chow thing” (including Shaq).

        Radio jocks in NJ making racists statements about ‘dem “foreign Chinese” when an Asian-American was running for mayor of Edison (one of the guys ended up getting PROMOTED to a NYC station).

        Jeremy Lin getting racist taunts (we’re talking Ivy League students) in road games (do you think these Ivy League students would be making racist taunts about black players?).

        The most outstanding player of the 2012 college world series (Korean adoptee) getting heckled w/ racist taunts. 

    • http://twitter.com/dahe88 insan

      you are joking right? westerner media are way more racist/ignorant than korean/asian media. what i’ve noticed from korean media is that they got their “knowledge” about other countries from what they saw in american/westerner media which is mostly racist and negative hindering stereotypes. but i dont think K-media is all innocent in their ignorance about other cultures specially their supposedly neighboring countries. (im sensing koreans starting to develop supremacy complex with their new found popularity around the world). 

      • jesuis2

        In Asia, it’s more ignorance than anything (people there are clueless about race the way Americans see it).

    • jesuis2

      So must have missed all the American videos w/ an “Asian theme” (standard “Asian” costume and “Asian” music) or films like Mike Meyer’s “The Love Guru.”

      As one Asian person stated about the “Asian salad” at McDonalds – “that’s NOT the food of my people!”

  • BBlion

    When Music bank came to Paris, they put videos of the Eiffel Tower to kickstart the show.  Kpop seems to use this complete postcard approach to everything they do, but it is so uninformed that it occasionally comes up as offensive (in this case, incredibly so), and often slightly ridiculous. Companies there seem to think to conquer a market you’ve got to show that hey, I’m in Paris/Dehli, let’s display the 2/3 things I know about these places and people will be happy. Tell you what : I find that the most offensive when the only thing someone can come up with about my country is the absolute cliches I’ve come to not even think about as part of me anymore. If the gig is good, it’s good. Invade me with your quality; showing me you’re eager to please is not going to win me over.

    • jesuis2

      Welcome to the world – if you think people anywhere else are any different, then you’re going to be mighty disappointed.

      • BBlion

         I will argue that it is, indeed, much different. When American/British artists come in Paris, they just don’t put on a tourist-friendly show, they go ahead, sing and speak in English, and if the gig is good people like it. Musical communion is better achieved via music than any sort of strategy that would bring a product closer to its target.  Jay z and Kanye singing “Niggas in Paris” is a different story : they are acknowledging sth about the city and what it means for them as Black people. This makes sense. Of course there is marketing and targeting, we all know that. My point is that : bring me some good music, bring me a gig and sth to dig and this what I will call ‘global appeal’. I don’t care about my supposed folklore, it’s not going to make me like you more.

  • FallingSnow

    Slightly off-topic but do you happen to know of Russell Peters, Gaya? Check him out. He’s the best thing to come out of Canada – better than that Bieber dude anyday – and the best at observational comedy, particularly on the topic of multiculturalism.


    • Gaya_SB

      Oh I like Russel Peters! I tend to end up watching other stand-up comedians of Indian origin more, so it was nice to get reacquainted with Mr. Peters; thanks for the link, I can’t stop laughing!

  • Ditu3ka

    Lets be honest, the MV is just horrible. It looks cheap and more like a parody. It´s quite difficult to express myself in Enlgish but I think that we are all guilty of cultural ignorance at some level. To embrace a totally different culture you need to have some personal experience with it, like living there for a long time or study very diligently every aspect of it, but you will always look at other cultures from your own perspective that come from your own culture. Ther´s nothing wrong with that, you just need to be aware of your limited knowledge and at least to know what taboo and offensive.

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

    I actually cringed and could not bear myself to watch it. My sister found it funny though. But being a student of history and psychology, I just could not laugh. It is just ignorance at its highest degree. As you have pointed out, they meant no harm, but since the tentacles of K-pop are spreading like wildfire, they should know better to do some research before stereotyping the Indian culture. Also, portraying the culture as such will only lead others, who know little about the culture, assume that the culture is as such! The last thing that K-pop needs is backfire… Perhaps, if they have experienced some major backlash, will they then learn their lesson.

    • Gaya_SB

      I honestly thought that Orange Caramel would make it to India first, releasing some song like “Bombay Masala” or whatever as part of their Asia series (the proper name slips my mind). So this 4Minute thing caught me completely by surprise. 

      The only way I would find this funny is if I looked at it and said “LOL they are so stupid, they don’t even know what they are doing!” essentially mocking them mercilessly; but thinking of the ignorance on display just makes me sad tbqh.

      • Haibara Christie

        Honestly, I highly doubt that Orange Caramel would make it to India because most people don’t think of Indians as Asians…even though they are.  

  • Haibara Christie

    As an Indian myself, I both cringed and LOLed the entire time I watched the 4minute video.  I’m also Tamilian, so seeing Prabhu Deva and Kpop mix was completely unexpected.  Usually foreigners bring actual Bollywood and focus on Hindi movie culture, but seeing a music video for a Tamil movie that I don’t believe is very famous (I could be wrong though, I haven’t seen very many) made the moment even funnier. 

    Btw, if I hadn’t known that 4minute was singing in Hindi, I would have never imagined the song to be in any Indian language, let alone Hindi.  It was incomprehensible to a whole new level.  Engrish is the least of our worries.

    Despite that, it was great to see that East Asians recognize the existence of other Asian countries.  It’s almost as though they skip India (Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.) whenever they talk about the rest of the Asia.

  • 云Ho

    Hmmm…well honestly, when I watched the Indian version of Volume Up, I was highly amused. Personally, I feel that the response on this article is slightly disproportional in its disapproval of the video. It has already been noted how some of the media out of Korea has been culturally insensitive, such as Yoona’s portrayal of black people with her gangster impression or all those black face…I don’t know what those are. Both of those were not just ignorant in its portrayal of that ethnicity but with a negative connotation. The first being that black people are criminals and the other being identical to the portrayal of black people back in the days of the Jim Crow laws in America.

    This video by 4minute however (and also Beast) I think was not so much generalising all Indian people as being Bollywood, Yoga-practicing, turban-wearing people…but just that they were making a ‘Bollywood’-version of their song because…perhaps they’ve seen the concept and thought that it would be fun to do something like that. I personally also do not know the difference between Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi etc cultures unfortunately, but the video style and concept their portrayed instantly made me think of Bollywood and I think that is the concept they were going for. It was their popular song with a fun twist to it and I think that’s as far as it goes.

    For the ordinary person who is not familiar with the cultures of that area, I think it brings some attention to that region, that I think otherwise honestly people in Korea or that part of the world would not particularly care about. So at least this way, people might become interested and perhaps look more closely at the culture properly to become more informed themselves, rather than just entirely ignore it. Combining the two ‘cultures’ or at least concepts in this manner seems to bridge the gap rather than widen it in terms of awareness of each countries’ presence and connection with each other.

    • Haibara Christie

      If this were an accurate representation of what Bollywood is, then sure.  But it actuality it is really a less than poor attempt at being “bollywood.”  As someone from the Indian Culture, there is absolutely nothing there that says Bollywood–all I see are stereotypes that have very little to do with real Indian entertainment. Honestly this is just as bad as Black Face, because it perpetuates falsehoods about Indian people.  The simple fact that they used a Tamil video as a representation for a Hindi based movie system shows cultural ignorance. Using Yoga in what seems to me, a jesting manner, also reveals insensitivity because “Yoga” is not just a term for the popular exercise, but a word that encompasses the entirety of Indian Life–especially from a Hindu spiritual perspective.  I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of it all, but for me, to call this video a “joke” and others “blatant insensitivity” is in itself an insensitivity.  Many of us here are American/European/Australian  and we can easily point out the audacity of the Koreans to misuse English and the African Culture (the latter Very True–I hate hearing about it) but when it comes to cultures we ourselves do not understand as well as some others, we are more lenient.  It shows the double standards we have (admittedly I am guilty of this too,) and why we should really be careful about how we approach different cultures.  

      Honestly, when Hindi sounds nothing like Hindi, there is something wrong.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3O73S4PB7NZRSRVPOOCIH3ZG34 Susan

    A lot of their ignorance, cultural insensitivity and reliance on stereotypes is largely a product of their homogeneous society. I guess that really can’t be helped (although talk about the “purity” of their blood has me rolling my eyes). But they don’t give a shit about educating themselves or having an open mind about different people and their cultures. And when they are criticized for being racist, they brush it off, saying they meant no harm, that it was all in jest. And that really pisses me off. If they want to market their dramas and music to a foreign audience, they need to cut the bullshit and keep in mind that most people around the world will not see the humor in playing up stereotypes nor will they be forgiving of racist comments or actions, even if they really did mean no harm.
    There have been so many cases of cultural insensitivity and flat out racism when I watch Korean dramas and variety shows that it’s impossible for me to count. The most recent example I can think of is the drama King 2 Hearts. The writer’s depiction of foreigners and global politics were at first laughable, and then they just had me grinding my teeth in frustration and scowling at my screen for ruining an otherwise decent drama.

    • jesuis2

      Oh, please – the US is diverse – filled w/ plenty of Americans of Korean, Chinese and Japanese descent and Hollywood, Madison Avenue and the music industry still mixes elements (they’ll take a Geisha and have Chinese music in the background).

      And Hollywood does even a worse job when it comes to the Desi community.

  • Lo7us

    Being Indian myself, I was waiting for this article to show up on SB from the moment I saw this video on Omona. Anyways, great article. It touched on the Beast MV and showed that really awkward and insulting moment from 2NE1’s “Fire” MV where I just cringed. 
    I didn’t know whether to laugh out loud at their horrible “Hindi” or to be offended at the portrayal of some stereotypes thrown together in this MV. On one hand, I just died to find out, towards the end of the MV, that they were really attempting Hindi. At first, I thought it was Korean, then gibberish, but then I realized it was actually Hindi. So I give them props for trying to have legit Hindi lyrics instead of mimicking random sounds from it and having actual gibberish lyrics, which would have made this ten times more offensive. Of course, as you said, the grammar, etc. was atrocious (I wouldn’t know myself; I only know Telugu and can understand fragments of Hindi).

    The only moment that outright offended me was the moment that you have screencapped with the picture of the sax player. That was really offensive. I was very angry when I saw that. That was probably the most offensive part for me because i actually do yoga and it really isn’t something to make fun of like “haha, look at all these weird poses, it’s yoga! you know why? ’cause we’re in India!! lololol” Yeah. No. That wasn’t very funny. 

    I think the Beast MV was much better and much less offensive than this one. That MV made me laugh, even though I know that not all Indian men wear turbans, etc etc. Although it was a bunch of stereotypes thrown together, it seemed like the Beast members were aware that that was what they were doing. At least, that was what it seemed like to me.  

    Although both videos were cultural appropriation, Beast’s was less offensive to me because it was obvious they weren’t trying to learn anything about the culture. They were obviously showing India in a very shallow manner to have fun, whereas 4minute actually researched and worked toward making it look as authentic as they can and failed in that department. So 4minute/their fans can  claim that they were being culturally sensitive just because they took the effort to make it so even though the result is far from what they intended. 

  • ItsQuinnBro

    This reminded me of T-aras “yayaya” except that was worst.

    • zweiosterei

       T-ara’s Yayaya concept was simply horrendous not to mention hugely offensive. The 4minute India influenced MV is just an attempt at humor while T-ara’s whole concept for Yayaya was made very seriously and with a great degree of thought behind it which makes it even worst. No cultural sensitivity at all. 

  • http://twitter.com/daniaaaye aaina

    i’m not an indian, just someone who has been here for 3 years now, and i won’t even try to watch that mv for fear of provoking anger more than i already have now. something must be really wrong if even a non-native is outraged. 

    sk should stop doing insensitive things. yes, maybe it’s a culture thing, but it’s not a goddamn shield. if you have to do something, do it RIGHT.

  • hippocampus123

    I kinda thought it was hilarious since it’s so obviously terrible. I mean it took five minutes for me to realize that they were singing in Hindi, and then I couldn’t stop laughing when I read the comments on how “they were singing in Indian.” Is this a serious video? I thought they were just trolling although I might have appreciated oh Idk, actual saris? Or running through the fields? Or maybe even some bangra? Lol, the lost potential. I think I’ll be a long dead when people finally realize that there’s no language called Indian, and their definition of curry is completely different from mine.

    P.S. What is that tamil song? And why have I never heard it? Do these people not look at popular music?

    On a more serious note, it would be very hard for a pop group to be taken seriously in India. I can’t think of any except for the extremely short lived Viva, and the one with the four boys ( I can’t even remember their names). Most people are all about the movies, and of course technical ability- it’s pretty much why they still have playback singers, and classical artists.

    • Haibara Christie

      Don’t worry, I’m Tamilian, and neither my mother nor I know where that song came from.  There are plenty of famous songs and movies to choose from, and they pick the total unknown.  

      • hippocampus123

        Me too!

        Totally! Would’ve helped if they danced in the rain in sheer saris, or even danced around trees. I mean has anyone seen an Indian music video with a snake charmer and a yogi?

        • mojo jojo


      • mojo jojo

        maybe they got their inspiration from “Why this kolaveri di?”

    • syvellium

      Believe it or not, I actually have the answer to this. Back in 2007, a video entitled ‘Crazy Indian Video’ was uploaded to YouTube by a user named ‘Bufflax’ — and it immediately went INSANELY viral (as in, every kid at my high school knew about it). The video, known more commonly around the Internet as ‘Benny Lava’, was subtitled by Bufflax with misheard lyrics in English (the original video got taken down but the top re-upload currently has more than 3 million views).

      This video must have somehow made its way over to SK over time (I believe that ‘Tunak Tunak Tun’ did as well… I remember references to it showing up on variety shows a few years back) — although I’m sure the humor was partially lost on them since half of the joke is in how ridiculous the English ‘lyrics’ are.

      The original song, according to the “Know Your Meme” database, is “Kalluri Vaanil” by Tamil artists Prabhu Deva and Jaya Sheel.

      • Haibara Christie

        Thanks for the clarification! I had no idea about the Benny Lava thing until now.
          On a side note, Prabhu Deva and Jaya Sheel are actors, not artists.  In India almost all “artists” are known as “playback singers” who sing songs for movies–but people often recognize songs by the actors who were in the movie that the song came in.  I don’t know the playback singers for this one though.  

  • goldengluvsk2

    hmpphh… feeling uncomfortable? YEPPP… as a black lady
    everytime i see the “blackface” thing or the imitation of how “black
    people talk” I roll my eyes and feel like punching someone…i’m like “hey… have you thought of the fact that maybe JUST maybe not all black people talk all ‘ghetto’?” OR “dont you feel that thinking and talking about blakc people in such negative you can hurt their feelings?”… thats beyond ignorance… its just common sense—

    well, about the parody itself , it reminded me of how Taemin was dancing a so called “samba” song one time in Star King but it was actually a song from a Panamanian singer of a genre called reggae and i was like “THATS NOTTT SAMBA… AT ALL!!”… I was thinking why they didnt properly researched properly… because if you dont know about something… YOU INVESTIGATE FIRST…
    same thing with this MV, at first thought they were doing it right with the lyrics because I dont know Hindi but then when I investigated and came across comments of people who actually knew Hindi and pointed out the lyrics and everything was wrong i felt embarassed FOR THEM… we all know it wasnt a “real ” MV and as you said they had good intentions but they should be considerate with cultures… even if theyre acting due to ignorance instead of having real bad intentions people can feel uncomfortable and disrespected… it wouldnt hurt to think before doing soemthing like this if the other person/culture would feel upset with the way theyre portraying the culture… i mean, if someone made fun of Korean culture would they like it? I bet they wouldnt… respect is the key.

  • mojo jojo

    I speak Urdu/Hindi and I could not understand anything 4Minute were singing at all, I only got the chorus after a couple of listens but nothing else. 

    I wish they made the 4Minute girls wear shalwar kameez or something for the MV to be authentic. Saxaphones are not the least bit Indian, they should have stuck to flutes instead. And adding colour wouldn’t have done much harm.
    Maybe I’m not Indian but I didn’t really find this MV offensive. I know they pretty much butchered the language but it’s not their fault, Urdu/Hindi words are harder to pronounce than English words.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/lovetigerfist xnopex

    i couldn’t make it past :45 seconds.

    i find it completely amazing that for a country that has the fastest and widely accessible internet on planet earth, they continually miss the mark on doing research on the people they want to appeal to! i can use google (doesn’t naver just use google’s engine?!) and google why brownface and black face is offensive and the histories surrounding both. i can use google to get opinions from the actual people i’m trying to appeal to as what is or isn’t offensive. i can visit internet communities of people who live in that country and ask them questions about my project. i can use google to educate myself about a culture. this all can be done within a matter of minutes yet.this is not difficult work. i’m an art director and my job requires me to do extensive research and consider every and any possibility of offending a person.what’s even more upsetting is that multiple people sat at the pitch for that concept and said nothing. this concept went through multiple people to be approved. multiple people worked on pitching that concept. multiple people did lazy research for that concept. multiple people worked on the finished product of that concept. and no one said anything or had any reservations about the concept. i’m sure someone said something but obviously the higher ups didn’t care?what the hell. 

    • xNoirX

      “i can use google to educate myself about a culture. this all can be done within a matter of minutes”

      That’s exactly what that comedian Yoo did.  The thing is you can learn only so much about a culture over internet in minutes.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/lovetigerfist xnopex

        true, but whenever i see stuff like this, i’m usually thinking they did a crappy google image search and went with that. like, no actual reading or anything. 

        but i have to remember that a lot of shitty racism and cultural insensitivity that i see on asian television (hell, pretty much everywhere but here), are reflections of western cultural insensitivity and western stereotypes of people of color.

        you’d figure a group of people that have been stereotyped by western media would think hard about perpetuating stereotypes of other cultures but that’s being too optimistic :-/

    • jesuis2

      Really, is this something to complain about?

      At least they are trying (it’s a music video, not a documentary).

      This stuff happens everywhere, (even India) as well as the US.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/lovetigerfist xnopex

        uh, “at least i’m trying/at least i tried” excuse doesn’t work on the actual people you’re offended, especially when you’ve had NUMEROUS opportunities to prevent the actual offense. 

        and what planet am i on that people consider discussion about stereotypes and how pervasive they are in every facet of media as “complaining”? 

        • jesuis2

          Your whole post was “complaining” – and is this “stereotyping” as opposed to simply showing a particular culture’s way of dress/dance (even if it is simplified).

          Is showing images of people dressed in lederhosen/Heidi costumes during Oktoberfest something to complain about?

          Or what about Leprechauns on St. Patrick’s day?

          As in the 4Minute video, there is no intention to deride the culture/people at hand, unlike say shows like “2 Broke Girls.”

          • http://twitter.com/#!/lovetigerfist xnopex

            so by your logic, if you hit someone with a car, then told them you had intended for it to tickle, that makes the initial offense ok. 

            you gotta realize that intent means bullshit when you’ve already had more than one chance to avoid the initial offense. they didn’t INTEND to be offensive, but the damage is done, isn’t it? 

            here’s hoping they suck it up and use it as a learning experience. problem is, in situations like these, rarely do they suck it up and admit fault.

            and i don’t watch 2 broke girls so if it’s equally awful, fine. but this wasn’t a conversation about 2 broke girls and i’ve already said that the west (especially hollywood) is indirectly responsible for this, so that’s a weird derail.

          • jesuis2

            Was that Best Buy commercial featuring an Asian female imagining 2 Asian female martial artists fighting it out offensive?

            Or what about the good no. of commercials in the US which have featured sumo wrestlers?

            Yeah, they are overly simplified cultural representations, but that happens EVERYWHERE.

            Indian media portrays Americans on the basis of simple archetypes – ranging from the cowboy to the spoiled American brat.

            Heck, Hollywood does that itself – portraying the American country bumpkin or the city slicker.

            The film “Slumdog Millionaire” got plenty of criticism within India and the desi community – ranging from the character’s use of British English to showing one side of India (the not so good side).

            Here’s what one critic had to say about the film –

            “Say an Indian director travelled to New Orleans for a few months to film a movie about Jamal Martin, an impoverished African American who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, who once had a promising basketball career, but who — following a drive-by shooting — now walks with a permanent limp, whose father is in jail for selling drugs, whose mother is addicted to crack cocaine, whose younger sister was killed by gang-violence, whose brother was arrested by corrupt cops, whose first born child has sickle cell anaemia, and so on. The movie would be widely panned and laughed out of theatres.”

            — Now, just b/c something shows just a certain or simplified depicition, does it mean that is bad?

            Heck, Oprah recently did a 2-part show on India for TLC and she got a rash of criticism.

            From ABC News.

            Oprah Winfrey is facing a barrage of criticism from disappointed Indian viewers who say she resorted to “sterotypes and cliches” in the episode of her show “Oprah’s Next Chapter” dealing with her visit to the subcontinent.

            “Watching the Oprah in India thing on TLC and getting more and more irritated by the minute,” one viewer in India tweeted.

            The two-part episode, which aired in India this weekend, depicts Winfrey’s first visit to the country, featuring lavish parties with Bollywood stars and Indian royalty, a visit to a Mumbai slum and a sari fitting with a top designer. The episode opens with shots of crowded roads filled with painted elephants, snake charmers and cows roaming the streets.

            “It’s all the stereotypes and all the clichés the West has, between the elephants and the palaces and the snake charmers and cows,” Aseem Chhabra, a freelance journalist and columnist for the Mumbai Mirror, told ABC News. “That exists in India, but it’s this imagery of India that some people seem to have, and I think I expected a lot more from somebody like Oprah Winfrey.”

            Indian viewers were perhaps most outraged by a scene in which Winfrey tells an Indian family during dinner, “I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still.”
            After being advised to eat with only her right hand, she uses both.

            “Oprah, your comment about eating with the hand is really not that big a deal to us; we are used to gross Western ignorance regarding our ancient country,” according to “An open letter to Oprah Winfrey from an Indian who eats with her hand” on the CNN-IBN website.

            —- Heck, there were Koreans complaining about Daniel Dae Kim’s character on “Lost” – in particular, his inability to speak proper Korean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

    I thought this was a parody….if it was real, thats an epic fail. I didn’t even know they were speaking in Hindi bc it was so bad. Are you sure its not a parody? Like really sure?

  • http://twitter.com/lattdtuk 4M_Nana

    It’s a parody for chrissake

  • http://twitter.com/89Vpl MoOooOooOooO

    wow this makes me cringe and think of the horrible ways they would depict the hispanic culture if they ever did ( i seriously hope they don’t now ) but honestly don’t think i could expect much since korea isn’t really ethnically aware 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729154428 Chastina Li

    People shouldn’t make too much of a deal with complaining about the excessive stereotype that goes into some of the productions that incorporates exotic elements because they are just asking too much from a music industry for the young and immature to begin with. Despite being a fangirl of kpop for several years now, my connection with kpop is moving closer toward guilty-pleasure everyday. Kpop music is an easy listen because in order to appeal to young and naive audiences they have to keep their message straightforward. Using stereotypes to present a simple image and hammers the point home that this mv is about India. Doing overly complex research into the culture is just unnecessary and who cares except the educated audience who tend to over-analyse everything. If you think this is immature and unprofessional, then leave kpop because that is what defines kpop.

  • ys13

    Even though their video may have been offensive (I didn’t watch it, so I don’t personally know), people shouldn’t be bashing Korean society. Yes, they can be insensitive and ignorant to other cultures, but they’re not the only country that is like that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered racially insensitive comments and actions from foreigners. I’m Asian, and I’ve even had other Asians be racially insensitive towards me. This kind of ignorance happens in almost every culture. People may say since they encounter these kinds of happenings they should know better and not be like that, etc. Well, a lot of the time, people bring these stereotypes upon themselves by promoting them and allowing others to label them with these racist stereotypes. If others allow these things to go on, then they are allowing others to say these kinds of racist things.

  • Mikael Chuaungo

    I’m an Indian i was not at all offended by the video. And it was kinda cute listening to their broken Hindi. Jiyoon should sing for Bollywood flicks.. haha joking…
    The MV was supposed to be funny, it was funny (and charming,for a 4nia like me) so it was a win win at the end of the day.
    If we are getting offended by such petty things and get all butt hurt over anything “Indian” done by foreigners…. we are truly living up to the label Russel Peters gave his fellow Indians– “indians have no sense of humor”.

  • Ranjani Ranganathan

    I feel terribly uncomfortable watching both…. I am happy that someone is actually writing the unhappiness that our new love Kpop idols are doing. All I expect as a fan girl myself is when i try my best to learn their culture I would request a serious effort to recognize the culture that they are randomly going to throw on screen. even though they are not through with understanding other countries culture the effort that they show on screen will obviously pay off and wont take other country’s special culture as just an exotic or an alternation or just a part of third option. It is not just India am talking about. its in general…